Red & Gold / Rouge-de-Fer 1690-1730
Height with cover 124 mm (4.88 inch), height without cover 98 mm (3.86 inch), dimensions 86 mm (3.39 inch) x 45 mm (1.77 inch), diameter of mouthrim 20 mm (0.79 inch), weight with cover 292 grams (10.30 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 11 grams (0.39 ounce (oz.))
Tea-caddy of rectangular form with canted corners, a flat shoulder with a upright unglazed neck. The original cover is missing. Fitted with contemporary (marked) Dutch silver mounts. The flat base is unglazed. Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red, and gold. On the body and the flat shoulder decorated with various flowering plants. Round the shoulder a border with zig-zag lines and half flower heads. The silver marks explained: the makers mark 'JH', it is unknow to whom these initials refer, the sword mark was used (1814-1905) as the standard mark on articles too small for the full hallmarking.
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Condition: A firing tension hairline to the base and a popped bubble of glaze both caused by the firing process. Glaze rough spots to the edges on the shoulder and a chip top a corner of the base.